"Madea’s Big Happy Family" Too Preachy and Cynical, Even for Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry returns to transferring his own stage work to the screen, donning once again the Lane Bryant floral prints that have made his millions. Like its predecessors, this Madeafilm features a saintly matriarch (Loretta Devine), a vilified bourgie princess, emasculated husbands, trifling heifers, a lengthy church scene, last-minute revelations about childhood-sexual abuse, a maternity truth-bomb, and the title character’s slaps and sass.

The melodramatic messages also remain the same: Get right with the Lord, open up about those shameful family secrets so the healing can begin, teach those kids to stop being so damn disrespectful. But the amount of clowning and nonsense in Madea’s Big Happy Family—excessive even by Perry’s standards—all but muffles the community-outreach function (which also includes a brief mention of the dangers of diabetes) his films have always served. Too lazy (and, it seems, cynical) to give his audiences any more than he thinks they want, Perry appears to have given up on making a coherent movie altogether. No thank yer.

 
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sassyshay
sassyshay

I totally agree with the author. I feel that this picture has negative projections of black women. In the future I hope that Tyler Perry provide positive messages that appeal to a wide range of audiences. My mind is made up....this is the last time that I will support his work.

Joyce
Joyce

I saw the movie last weekend in DC and I laughed and cried all the way the through the movie. Preachy does not bother me. Maybe because I go to Church and was brought up with the Bible I did not notice that aspect. I do not go to all of his movies but I did enjoy For Colored Girls and this movive.

drawteel
drawteel

I don't think Perry had people like Melissa in mind when he wrote this movie. Too preachy? A movie that debuts on Easter weekend from Tyler Perry who has always tried to include a spiritual message in his films, would seem remiss if it wasn't preachy. I'm not a fan of Perry or his movies but I respect the fact that he got game. The man knows how to sell movies.

Bernie
Bernie

The movie was great!

Matchbox
Matchbox

IDK...usually when movies get not so great reviews, they are the best ones out there. My daughter saw this and said it was the best movie she's ever seen.

Robert Lawrence
Robert Lawrence

Matchbox... if this is the best film she's ever seen, she's in terrible shape, and needs some real culture... stat!

drawteel
drawteel

I would be willing to bet that you haven't even seen it.

 

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